• Collaboration helps support carers

Collaboration helps support carers

A group set up to help people who care for others has joined forces with a carers charity to help boost support.

Members of Pendleside Hospice’s carers group were visited by representatives from charity Carers Link, a charity that aims to improve the lives of carers.

The group, which was set up to help provide support and friendship for people who are in a caring role, meet every four weeks at the hospice.

The collaboration came about after hospice staff met Carers Link staff at the hospice’s End of Life Conference at Turf Moor in October. Following the visit last week, the two charities are now hoping to work together on future events and with other hospice groups.

Laura Driver complementary therapist at Pendleside hospice who runs the group said: “The carers group was set up as we recognised that carers need access to support. The group is open to anyone who cares for someone with a life-limiting illness, whether that’s cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or any other illness.

“The aim of the group is to provide support and a social element where people can meet others who are in a similar situation to them. We put on mindfulness sessions, complementary therapies and talks on managing fatigue and anxiety.”

Member of the group, Lynn Cummings, who cares for her husband said: “Coming to the hospice is the best thing we ever did, its brought so much support and positivity.

“I have been attending the group for about 18 months and I really look forward to it. I have learnt new things to help me in my role as a carer and its provided friendship with other people in a similar situation.

“I am registered with Carers link, but having them come to the session has been useful, it has reminded me of the support they can offer, and to make good use of it.”

Sandra Marcy, Carer Support Worker for Carers Link said: “It was great to attend Pendleside Hospice and speak to members of their carers group. In particular, we look at the impact that caring has on the person in the caring role. During the session we talked about social activities that they could attend with us and looked at the challenges that are faced in a caring role.”

The carers support group meets every fourth Thursday from 4pm to 6pm at Pendleside Hospice. For more information, call day services 01282 440110.